Untitled #78, Cindy Sherman
Cindy Sherman
Untitled #78
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Sherman, Cindy: Rearscreen Projections, 1980-1981

Cindy Sherman

Untitled #78, 1980


Blatt
50.8 x 61.0 cm
Physical Description
C-Print
Inventory Number
DZF 76
Acquisition
DZ BANK Art Collection at the Städel Museum
Status
Not exhibited

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About the Work

A woman becomes a stranger to herself! The face conceals many faces. We have often seen this woman - with a petrol canister by the roadside, wedged in the skewed angles of high-rise New York facades, dressed in a historic costume, her face mask-like and rigid, tied up in a corset of artificial limbs, as a housewife and a vamp, a doll and a clown, a model and a monster and a murder victim. Cindy Sherman first stepped in front of her own camera in 1977 in the 'Untitled' film stills, noticeably closely related to the frigid beauties in Hitchcock films. That was when the delight in disguises developed into artistic role-playing. The performer accompanied her persona from black-and-white isolation into obscene positions and into the blatant colourfulness of locations that have been laid waste like the scenes of murderous crimes. The ugly side of beauty is revealed between erotic expectation and senile decay, beneath wigs and behind dummies. Finally, the artist disappears from the picture and leaves behind the plastic patchwork of anatomical parts. What addresses the viewers, men or women, in these portraits is the stranger in themselves.

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Basic Information

Title
Untitled #78 (Original Title)
Photographer
Serial Number / Edition
4 / 5
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
C-Print
Material
Technique

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© Cindy Sherman
Acquisition
DZ BANK Art Collection at the Städel Museum

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Persons Shown
Associated Persons and Institutions
Associated Medium
  • Alfred Hitchcock: Das Fenster zum Hof (Rear Window), 1954

Iconclass

Primary
Secondary
  • 51B5(+3) Identity (+ symbolical representation of concept)
  • 41D28 disguise
  • 41AA1 civic architecture; edifices; dwellings - AA - civic architecture: inside

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16.09.2019